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S&T council making positive intervention: Rio

KOHIMA, NOV 19 (NPN)(Correspondent)
Published on 20 Nov. 2012 12:32 AM IST
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Chief minister Neiphiu Rio Monday observed that the technology councils in the country have made positive interventions in diverse areas that have helped transform the lives of numerous people.

Addressing the two-day 15th regional meeting of state S&T councils and departments of NE region at Kohima, Rio however admitted that despite being encouraged to see the future focus on strengthening the state Science & Technology (S&T) councils to build up capacity and develop critical areas of importance such as institutions and academia, Nagaland was still far behind.

The chief minister said that this step would help promote science and its acceptance into the lives of common people and help make societies more modern, efficient and effective.

Stating that the commitment of the Indian Government to promote socio-economic growth of the country through the use of science and technology had shown remarkable success in the short span of four decades, Rio exudes confidence that with the active support of the department of Science and Technology, “we will see much change and progress in the years to come.”

Dwelling on the importance of science and technology and its application in the lives of people worldwide, Rio maintained that the difference between the poor countries and the rich ones was neither the age or size of the country but was through the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education and the culture.

 “We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us. We are poor because we lack the attitude and the will to comply with and teach the functional principles of rich and developed societies,” the minister remarked.

Delivering the speech as the guest of honour,  Dr.T.Ramasami, secretary to the government of India, department of science and technology said Northeast had huge opportunities in terms of bio-diversity and huge levels of traditional systems embedded in the societies.

He said, connectivity was the major issue and posed a query on whether technology that worked in mainland India would work in the Northeast region.

Ramasami however said the government was focusing on introducing technology based on the local requirement and would stress on improving the economy of the region by mainly focusing on small and medium technology.

The secretary informed that the cabinet had already approved for setting up a North East Centre for Technology Application (NECTA) which would be based at Meghalaya and a branch for the Centre would also be set-up in Nagaland.

Earlier, during the inaugural programme, a felicitation ceremony was held in honour of Prof.S.Soundranayagam, former Emeritus Scientists, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

The programme was chaired by Additional Chief Secretary & Commissioner Nagaland, Banuo Z. Jamir, welcome address delivered by Advisor, Science & Technology, New & Renewable Energy,Deo Nukhu, introductory remarks by Advisor & Head (TDT), DST, GoI, Dr. G J Samathanam, while vote of thanks was proposed by Secretary Science & Technology Nagaland, C. K. Nihekhu Sema.

Renowned scientists from the country and the Northeast states have come to attend the two-day workshop. It may be added that the department of Science & Technology has been carrying out a number of activities and projects to promote Science & Technology in the State.

Yearly programmes cover science popularization activities, Entrepreneurship Development Programmes, Technology Demonstration etc. Research and Development projects are carried out covering studies on our natural resources and its utilization, biotechnology, remote sensing applications and identification of local specific needs.

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